Siyu Zhang is from Changchun, China where she began her violin studies at the age of five. She moved to Beijing to attend middle and high school at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music. Siyu continued her studies in New York as a full scholarship student of Lucie Robert at the Manhattan School of Music where she graduated with distinction earning a Bachelors of Music degree. She went on to complete her Master of Music degree with Kathleen Winkler at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Siyu joined the violin section of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2023 after spending four seasons with the Jacksonville Symphony. Previously she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony.
Siyu was also selected as one of six Zubin Mehta Fellows from Rice University to participate in a performance and week of mentorship with the New York Philharmonic as part of the Global Academy program. She was the winner of the 2009 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. She has performed on Chinese television, and gave the world premiere performance of a violin concerto with the ChangYing Symphony in 2017.
Zhang has performed in leadership positions at numerous summer festivals including the Spoleto, Aspen, Texas, and Pacific Music Festivals, and the Music Academy of the West.